When planning the Italian menu for my Little Italy Housewarming Party I knew I wanted some sort of cookie in the mix. Cookies are an easy dessert for a cocktail party as you can make the dough ahead of time, throw it in the fridge and then bake the cookies just before guests arrive for a fresh, warm dessert that people can grab and go!
Cupcakes you have to frost, pies you have to slice, ice cream melts, but cookies are easy and something that everyone loves! And if you don’t love cookies, you will probably not be invited to my parties because you’re just plain crazy 😉
This is my go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Many people claim to have “the perfect” chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I think it’s all a matter of taste. I like mine soft and chewy with lots of chocolate chips. After years of hard, scientific research involving very long days and tough tasting sessions, I have come up with my “perfect” chocolate chip cookie!
Since the menu was Italian I decided to add in everyone’s favorite Italian Hazelnut spread, Nutella, to make my very own Italian Chocolate Chip Cookies! The result…
…well, lets just say after posting pictures of these cookies on Instagram and Twitter, I’ve been making deals and getting bribes to trade these cookies for just about anything!
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup butter (melted)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 12 oz chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup nutella
Start by combining the flour, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
Next combine the melted butter and sugars. Blend well then beat in the eggs and vanilla, then add the flour mixture.
Next hand mix in the chocolate chips.
Finally throw in that delicious hazelnutty-tella!
Swirl the Nutella into the cookie dough then drop by large tablespoons onto a baking stone.
Bake at 325° for 15 minutes. Low and slow is the key to an evenly chewy and delicious cookie!
The swirled in Nutella gives the cookies that awesome marble look!
I wasn’t on the Nutella bandwagon before these cookies, but now I’m not only on the wagon, I’m manning the wheel and driving it in circles of Nutella amazingness!
Nothing brings more happiness to my face than a large stack of warm, melty, chocolate chip cookies!
I then had to dig in so that I could show you all the chocolate, melted goodness inside of the cookies!
Is anyone else’s mouth watering?
♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.
♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute gluten-free baking flour for traditional flour to make this recipe gluten-free.